If I'm to do what I've set out to do in my very first post, there are some important details I must take into consideration. The first is the fabric itself.
It's there, right on page 9 of the book. After giving a brief list and description of stretch fabrics, Nakamichi says, "For the slopers I have used a bare plain knit" (emphasis added). From the pictures I'm assuming this means a plain jersey knit fabric. She continues, " ...a cotton fabric mixed with polyurethane and other components." I won't pretend that I never saw that. I understand that if I use the concepts and pattern drafting methods described in the book, my various sweater knit fabrics won't behave in a same manner. That's ok. I'll adapt. I am inspired by the book. It's not required that I produce exact replicas of the garments.
As I've mentioned earlier my plan is to start small with my first project from the book. Only thing is that there really aren't any small projects in the book. The smallest item happens to be a rather advanced cropped top with sleeves. There exists, however, a simple pattern that I really like that uses some pretty basic techniques. It's a basically a tube top gone wild. My plan is to make a smaller version of it and wear it as a cowl.
|I'm thinking that this rib, the original fabric I chose, is a bit too busy. I'm leaning now toward a simple rib that will accentuate the... um ...protrusions.|
Ok, perhaps I'm a little crazy. But I can see my future cowl in a merino or baby alpaca, just the right amount of eye-pop to mix with a sedate sweater or coat. I promise you that soon you'll see it too.